Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College

Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College We work diligently to create a culture where social justice advocacy is a permanent part of Philander Smith College's core values. Philander Smith College launched its Social Justice Initiative (SJI) in August of 2007 under the leadership and vision of President Walter M.
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Kimbrough. With support and backing from faculty, alumni, students, and the board of trustees, Philander Smith College mission now reads“to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better.” The new college’s identity complements Philander’s rich history, which has always had commitment to the social principles of the United Methodist Church, as well as a focus and desire for social justice. Following the changing of the college’s mission, other critical milestones followed: • The inclusion of special guest speakers and justice themes for Opening Convocation • Inviting Bless The Mic lecturers who are renowned for their noteworthy activism • The creation of the Ozell Sutton Medal of Justice • The infusion of social justice themes in the Freshman Colloquium • Increase of Justice-related internships for students • Changing the College's address to honor social justice activist Daisy L. Gatson Bates • The establishment and meeting of the Social Justice Advisory Board • The founding of the student organization “The Social Justice League” In 2010, the Kresge Foundation awarded the college 1.2 million dollars to establish an office for the SJI to continue to infuse social justice into the college’s culture. It is out of this opportunity that the office of the SJI was created and the vision, mission, strategic objectives, and organizational values were contrived.

Mission: Educate, train, and provide resources for students, academics, administrators, and community members to support their work of eradicating systems of inequity so all people are able to live humane lives.

Operating as usual

Philander Smith College
10/28/2020

Philander Smith College

STAY IN THE KNOW!

Join us tomorrow for Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing, 10 AM - 2PM at the D.W. Reynolds Library on Campus.

Let us all do our part in keeping each other safe!

#MaskUp #Covid19Testing #PhilanderForward

10/20/2020
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Happy Tuesday!
The Social Justice Institute would like you to connect with our 2020 Social Justice Undergraduate Fellows! These amazing Philanderians were selected because of their outstanding leadership, academic accomplishments, and their true passion for social justice!

Please click on the link below to access the Social Justice Fellows' Instagram page and read through their bios.

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Do not miss out on this! Register TODAY!
10/20/2020
Bless the Mic - Cyntoia Brown-Long

Do not miss out on this! Register TODAY!

Bless the Mic goes virtual with this live, online lecture featuring author and advocate, Cyntoia Brown-Long.

It was a beautiful day to register voters! This afternoon the Social Justice Institute partnered with INVISIBLE to host ...
10/01/2020

It was a beautiful day to register voters! This afternoon the Social Justice Institute partnered with INVISIBLE to host a student Voter Registration Drive (outside of the Duvall Campus Center). Twenty-six students were registered during the two hour lunch period along with voter information material that was distributed. Many of the scholars are planning to take advantage of early voting on October 19th — and now, they’re prepared to exercise their right!

In the end of time, there will be justice...#stillsayhername
09/29/2020

In the end of time, there will be justice...
#stillsayhername

09/03/2020

#WhereWeGoFromHere : Educators on the Frontline

Let your voice be heard!
08/31/2020

Let your voice be heard!

08/03/2020
Arkansas Public Policy Panel

Arts, Aesthetics, and Activism! Tune in.

Arts, Aesthetics, and Activism — an online event ft. Drekkia Writes, Chris James, Ebony Blevins, Zina Haydar Al-Shukri, Athena Sinclair, Tig Kashala, Ante Yana, and X3MEX.

What is artistic activism all about?

This interactive panel features a discussion on the importance of the arts in activism by a diverse panel of local artists helping to lead the fight for social change.

07/30/2020
Arkansas Public Policy Panel

We’re live. Tune in.

Know your Rights.

Tonight the Panel, Pine Bluff Social Justice Activist, and the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College are providing this KNOW YOUR RIGHTS webinar. Join us and learn about your rights when encountering law enforcement.

07/24/2020
Congressional Black Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus

Black Mental Health in 2020 – A Congressional Black Caucus Speak Up Speak Out Town Hall

Let's discuss public policy! Please tune in this Friday at 6 pm for an important conversation about advancing public pol...
07/23/2020

Let's discuss public policy! Please tune in this Friday at 6 pm for an important conversation about advancing public policy efforts in criminal justice reform with Attorneys LaTonya Laird Austin and Cara Boyd Connors.

Happy Birthday!
07/18/2020

Happy Birthday!

Today is a great day, for on this day, the illustrious 14th President of Philander Smith College was born! Happy Birthday Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr.! We thank you for your leadership and dedication to education! We hope you enjoy the blessings of this day.

#PhilanderMan #BirthdayPrez #PhilanderForward

“Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you… You are made by the struggles you choose.”~C. ...
07/18/2020

“Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you… You are made by the struggles you choose.”

~C. T. Vivian

Rest.

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Rest well, sir. Thank you for paving the way for so many. bit.ly/2OCbLww
07/18/2020

Rest well, sir. Thank you for paving the way for so many.

bit.ly/2OCbLww

Know your rights.
07/18/2020

Know your rights.

Philander Smith College
07/15/2020

Philander Smith College

We are beyond thrilled to be "reuniting" our PSC Community of Scholars this fall. As we continue to navigate the months ahead, we are offering 'PSC CHOICE' which provides students a number of options to best meet their circumstances and preferences while allowing them to continue their educational pursuits.

PSC students should check their campus email for more details on PSC CHOICE options.

Hope you will tune in!
07/14/2020

Hope you will tune in!

“When the United States forced the end of slavery, it intentionally reconstructed a country that held fast to the ideals...
07/13/2020

“When the United States forced the end of slavery, it intentionally reconstructed a country that held fast to the ideals of Blacks being less than equal. It instituted codes, polices and laws that kept Black Americans from obtaining the key to stability and wealth — capital.

While white Americans took advantage of government programs to acquire free land, Blacks were largely shut out. The federal government reneged on General Tecumseh Sherman's Civil War plan to divide up plantations and give each freed slave "40 acres and (borrow) a mule" as reparations. Later, it explicitly tied mortgage eligibility to race—known as redlining—by refusing to insure mortgages in Black neighborhoods. The Federal Housing Administration backed $120 billion in home loans between 1934 and 1962. More than 98% went to whites.

The legacy of these devastating injustices is everywhere. You see it in health outcomes (look at the disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases and deaths), in our still segregated neighborhoods where Black-owned property is valued lower, in rates of home ownership, in gerrymandered electoral districts, in the criminal justice system, in how we unjustly finance public education. The system is plainly choking Black people but stifling economic growth as well.”

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We hope you will join us!!
07/08/2020

We hope you will join us!!

07/03/2020
AR Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (ACHANGE)

AR Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (ACHANGE)

ACHANGE is pleased to announce there will be a facilitated respondent panel to the featured speaker’s presentation. Faith Weekly, Community Development Advisor, Neighborhoods and Housing with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Eight District will lead a discussion with Kendell Lewellen, Managing Attorney with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services; Gerald Turner, CEO of the HEAL Collective, and Leon Jones, Executive Director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission regarding affordable housing matters here in Arkansas.
Housing Conversations: 2020 Vision for Affordable Housing will take place VIRTUALLY on

Thursday, July 9th beginning at 10 am CST.

The event is FREE but limited to the first 250 registrations. For more information contact [email protected].

REGISTER TODAY
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4wm7nzhab&oeidk=a07eh6eqvzw588acf44

We’re glad to partner with the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. (AMDPA) on its upcoming Stu...
07/03/2020

We’re glad to partner with the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. (AMDPA) on its upcoming Student Symposium. This symposium is free for all students.

Our Executive Director, Tamika Silverman Edwards will moderate a discussion about Black women leading the way for change in social justice and healthcare. We hope you will share with your networks and encourage them to tune in for this timely event.

Register today, conta.cc/2VBuhcb.

We are proud to announce a new partner for our Undergraduate Fellowship program. Wright Lindsey Jennings (WLJ), a premie...
06/25/2020

We are proud to announce a new partner for our Undergraduate Fellowship program. Wright Lindsey Jennings (WLJ), a premier law firm based in Little Rock, has pledged a two-year collaborative commitment to underwrite the Fellowship program.

Read the full announcement here! https://bit.ly/SocialJusticeInstituteWLJ

We are so pleased at how our program is growing, and thankful for all the support we can feel from our community! 💙💛💙💛

We hope you will join us!
06/21/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Arkansas Education in the World of COVID-19: Fall 2020 and Beyond. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

We hope you will join us!

Part II: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Students: Acknowledging and Addressing Current and Historic Trauma Please join us for the second webinar in a series to discuss the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and how we as Arkansans can work together to identify innovative and equitable...

Calling All Philander Smith College Students! Applications to The Social Justice Undergraduate Fellowship is now open! T...
06/18/2020

Calling All Philander Smith College Students!

Applications to The Social Justice Undergraduate Fellowship is now open! This is a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience and develop skills in advocacy, storytelling, servant leadership, service learning and more!

Don't hesitate and apply today at http://rethinksocialjustice.org/our-fellows/

“Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) whose mission is to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, to help...
06/18/2020

“Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) whose mission is to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, to help vulnerable populations achieve their potential, and to build strong communities in Arkansas through community action will begin providing emergency financial assistance to customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic effective immediately. These funds are specifically for past due rent/mortgage payments and past-due water utility assistance due to financial restraints as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

https://bit.ly/3fDiwcJ

“The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will remain in place, keeping nearly 650,000 undocumented ...
06/18/2020
Supreme Court Rules Trump Wrongly Ended DACA, Leaves Program In Place

“The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will remain in place, keeping nearly 650,000 undocumented young people safe from deportation, thanks to a ruling on Thursday by the Supreme Court.”

Nearly 650,000 people are currently protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Philander Smith College
06/18/2020

Philander Smith College

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ― Angela Y. Davis

#PhilanderFORWARD #BLM #ReThinkJustice

#wherewegofromhere: Get an understanding. The Atlantic examines an important question: “how did we get here?”“Understand...
06/18/2020

#wherewegofromhere: Get an understanding.

The Atlantic examines an important question: “how did we get here?”

“Understanding the present moment requires grappling with a history stained by racial inequity, violence, and the constant fight for forward progress. In a century and a half of writing stories about race in America, The Atlantic has published works that have improved the broad understanding of injustice in America, and also works that furthered ideas and theories that ultimately were proved wrong or harmful. To comprehend the current state of the country, we must consider the aftereffects of both categories. We must also take into account the fact that these stories, in aggregate, are overwhelmingly written by men.”

#rethinkjustice
#SJIPSC

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The legal community is showing up. Be sure to attend and share with others. #rethinkjustice#SJIPSC
06/17/2020

The legal community is showing up. Be sure to attend and share with others.

#rethinkjustice
#SJIPSC

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Executive Director: Tamika S. Edwards, JD Project Coordinator: Miyah Y. Bell Location: Philander Smith College Cox Building A-201 900 Daisy Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202

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